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J Nurs Meas. 1995 Winter;3(2):159-74.

Measurement of body fat and fat distribution.

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  • 1Department of Family Care Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio 78284-7951, USA.


Overweight and obesity are increasing in prevalent and thus an important area for intervention and investigation. Researchers and clinicians have a variety of measurement techniques to assess body fatness and regional fat. These techniques are chosen for their accuracy and precision in light of their cost, convenience, and safety. This article introduces techniques for the measurement of body fatness and regional fat, their advantages and disadvantages and accuracy. Recommended measurement techniques for investigators and clinicians are provided.

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